Discuss the different types of conflict introduced in Act 1 scene 1-2.
- Act 1 scene 2: Is all about foreshadowing the conflict that will arise between Katherine and Petruchio through their similar personalities later in the play. Katherina threatens a man in Act 1 Scene 1 line 64 when she says “Comb your noodle with a three-legged stool” (in other words wack him with chair. Petruchio is also described by Grumio as violent when he says “he will throw a figure in her face and so disfigure her with it that she shall have no more eyes to see withal than a cat”
- The relationships between characters it is within those relationships between the characters which this conflict occurs.
- Conflict within relationships is shown within the relationship between Katherina and her sister
- The two sisters are constantly compares, suych as in Act 1 Scene 2 line 247-8 by Tranio who says “The one as famous for a scolding tongue as is the other for beauteous modesty”
- Katherina’s conflict with her family
Act 1 Scene 1 line 100-101 When Baptista says “Katherina, you may stay, for I have more to commune with Bianca” showcases bonding between Baptista and Bianca equally displaying the lack of bond between Katherina and her family.
- Men-women relationship, men “own” women
Eg. Act 1 Scene 2 Hortensio line 113 “For in Baptista’s keep my treasure is. He hathe the jewel of my life in hold” –Use of possessive pronouns exhibits women always belonging to men.
How is the concept of Navigating conflict explored in Act 1 of Taming of the Shrew
Act 1 of the Taming of the Shrew highlights the numerous social battles fought daily in Shakespearean context. Through the use of dialogue, the play explores the conflict in relationships between characters. Act 1 foreshadows the battles that will arise between opposing forces, Katherina and Petruchio, both of whom are referred to as being excessively violent. In Act 1, Scene 1, Katherina threatens Hortensio with the words “Comb your noodle...